Parents either look forward to the school holidays or they dread them – because planning a week of activities can be difficult! Whether the children are in primary school or you have teenagers to occupy (or a mixture of both) half term can be daunting, not to mention expensive.
If you’re looking for fun things to do as a family this February, or you’re a student in London looking for activities you can take your mates to, here’s a definitive guide. Most of our suggestions are suitable for all ages so you can plan on taking the whole crew.
If you haven’t tried out your local trampoline park yet, where have you been?! They’ve been taking over the nation for the last few years and have proven to be a hit with kids and adults alike. An hour of jumping up and down on a trampoline can burn as many calories as a boring gym workout – but it much more fun! Many indoor parks also have other activities such as obstacle courses or foam pits to play around on. Children and young adults love practicing their tricks too!
Another huge trend at the moment – the escape room. Find a suitable theme and challenge your family or friends to one of the most thrilling games you’ll ever play. Kids may prefer a Harry Potter themed escape game, while young adults and students are often drawn to horror escape room themes such as The Penitentiary or Joker’s Asylum. Immerse yourself in the story and use your problem solving skills to get out in time.
With a bit of luck we may see some warmer and drier weather for the half term break, so take the opportunity to give the family some fresh air. Go for a bike ride in the local park, or why not book a camping trip for the weekend out in the countryside? The UK has some great locations to explore, why wait until summer?
Soak up the culture
If you take a look there’s bound to be loads to do in your local museums, art galleries and theatres over half term – especially in London. Even venues which aren’t typically child-friendly come alive during the school holidays, so see if there are any arts and crafts workshops or free lunchtime performances happening near you.
Whatever you get up to this half term, be sure to book in advance!